The Public Affairs Section highlights the importance of the trial on crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime to 200 students from Kampong Cham province, March 22, 2023, at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
In front of the students attending the outreach study tour organized by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Mr. NETH Pheaktra, chief of Public Affairs section, stated that the ECCC has completed the trials on the former senior leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea regime. He added that a former senior Khmer Rouge head of state, Khieu Samphan, had been sentenced to life imprison and he is currently serving his sentence in Kandal provincial custody. The spokesman added that after the trial, the Khmer Rouge tribunal will spend three more years on core works on the archive of more than three million pages of documents as a legacy for future generations and dissemination the tribunal proceedings as well as the history related to the Democratic Kampuchea regime for the public to understand and remembrance.
Chief of the PAS added that the achievements of the ECCC and the cause of this trial are the result of the national rescue and the people, bringing the complete peace and justice for Khmer Rouge victims through prosecuting those responsible for the crimes. He added that students and youth play an important role in disseminating knowledge related to the history of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, as well as the trial proceedings held before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to prevent a brutal regime like the Khmer Rouge regime happen to Cambodia.
During today's study tour, all students visited Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Genocide Center and Win Win Monument. At the end of the day visit, all students received a wealth of information and knowledge about the brutal torture and massacre of Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge genocide, the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders. And the sacrifices of the Cambodian leadership to liberate the nation from that genocidal regime.
The study tour is organized every week for students, youth and the general public for the remembrance and participate in preventing the return of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since the beginning of court proceedings to 2023, more than half a million national and international public have participated in the study tour coordinated by the Public Affairs Section of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.